In a candid interview, New South Wales Blues captain James Tedesco has reflected on his performance in Origin I and vowed to approach game two differently. Tedesco admitted to trying to do too much in the previous match and revealed his determination to simplify his game plan. The skipper acknowledged the challenges he is currently facing, both with the Blues and his club team, the Sydney Roosters. Tedesco’s commitment to lead the team remains unwavering, but he understands the importance of playing his role and not carrying the weight of excessive expectations.
Tedesco also expressed his excitement about reuniting with his close friend Mitchell Moses, who will step in to replace the injured Nathan Cleary as the Blues’ No. 7. The bond between Tedesco and Moses dates back to their time together at the Wests Tigers and extends beyond the rugby league field. They share a special connection, with their partners also being close and living in the same neighborhood. Tedesco believes Moses has matured both on and off the field in recent years, making him a valuable asset to the team.
Reflecting on his own performance in Origin I, Tedesco acknowledged a few forgettable moments, including being outjumped by Queensland’s Lindsay Collins for a try and slipping over when attempting to stop Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow. Despite these setbacks, Tedesco remained busy throughout the match, often attracting multiple defenders.
Blues coach Brad Fittler praised Tedesco’s commitment and described him as his harshest critic. The coach respects Tedesco’s self-awareness and trusts that he will make the necessary adjustments for the upcoming game.
Tedesco also expressed his satisfaction with having Moses by his side for one of the Blues’ most critical challenges. The duo shares a strong friendship, having been a part of each other’s wedding parties and now supporting each other as they settle into Blues camp. Tedesco commended Moses’ maturity on and off the field and believes he is evolving into the calm and composed player that the team needs. Tedesco’s hope is that their children will also develop a close bond, much like their own friendship.
Discussing their mutual friend, Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks, Tedesco expressed his belief that it might be beneficial for Brooks to seek a fresh start elsewhere. While acknowledging Brooks’ talent, Tedesco believes a change of scenery could provide new opportunities and growth for him.
With his sights set on game two, Tedesco is ready to take on the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium. He has learned from his mistakes in the previous match and is determined not to overplay his hand. Tedesco’s focus will be on executing his role as a fullback and captain, trusting that the team will follow suit. He understands that by doing so, the Blues can achieve a favorable result and keep their State of Origin hopes alive.